Samsung Galaxy Tab vs Apple iPad
Given the iPad's inability to take photos or videos, we have no other choice but to proclaim the Samsung Galaxy Tab the better tablet for photography purposes. While the material produced isn't of the highest possible quality, we still find the images more than decent, especially if you view them on the device, while video has some pretty nice detail and smoothness to it. For more on the Samsung Galaxy Tab's photo-taking features, see our review!
When it comes to the music experience, the iPad manages to take the lead thanks to its awesome music player and overall better-sounding loudspeaker. It doesn't take a sound engineer to figure out that the iPad is capable of outputting some deeper tones, versus the Galaxy Tab's sharper ones. In terms of loudness, the Tab has a slight edge, but it's at the expense of overall quality.
Video watching is a tough one. On one side, the Galaxy Tab can play files in all popular formats in up to HD 720p resolution without a hitch, which is great, as it will save you the time that you'll otherwise have to spend converting videos for the iPad. On the other hand, the Apple iPad has the larger screen, which automatically makes the experience more enjoyable. In the end, it is practicality versus fun factor, but we feel we would rather stay with the larger panel, although it doesn't have the wide aspect ratio.
Third-party software is where the Apple iPad easily shows its excellence over the Galaxy Tab, with more than 300,000 apps available on the App Store. In addition to offering a much higher diversity, the iPad also gets the better-designed and much higher-quality applications, which will surely come in handy for the tablet's owners. Video and photo editing, even music sampling are all available and decent enough to fulfill your on-the-go productivity requirements, along with the iWork suite of text editing, spreadsheet and presentation tools. The iPad is also the ultimate winner when it comes to entertainment, as it boasts a plethora of game titles, developed by leading studios of the industry.
While the Samsung Galaxy Tab is not all that defenseless, its Android Market is still light years away from reaching the unrivaled diversity of the App Store. Still, you'll be able to find a decent word processor or some more advanced organizing tools, but nothing spectacular really. Thankfully, Samsung has equipped the device with a pretty decent eBook reader, which manages to rival Apple's iBooks.
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